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Congress Street IPA - Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA

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114 Reviews
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Reviews: 114
Hads: 1,150
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 21.7%
Wants: 432
Gots: 191 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheAnk on 10-04-2013

Our flagship American IPA highlights the distinctively aromatic Australian Galaxy hop. The nose bursts with pine, citrus rind, melon and pineapple. Pronounced flavors of peach, clementine, and tropical fruits are accentuated with moderate bitterness and balanced by a light, biscuity malt character.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine, Dextrose

HOPS: Galaxy, Columbus
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Photo of thebigredone
4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great IPA from Trillium. Personally I prefer a couple of the others I've had, Melcher, Pier, etc., but I wouldn't throw any of them out of bed.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.48/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler was poured into a perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow color with slight vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, grassy, pungent, floral, grassy, herbal, pilsner malts, and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Mild tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, medium carbonation, medium bodied, and mild tingly bitterness.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA. You can never go wrong.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a glass

A - Yellow-orange, thick, creamy head

S - Lovely citrus hoppy aroma

T - Follows the nose, excellent

M - So nice and creamy for an IPA, a real change of pace

O - this is one of the best IPAs I've had, not quite the best, but this is probably in the top 10. Will seek this out again.

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Photo of doremite
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic easy drinking IPA. Local so have only experienced through refillables within 3 days of purchase. Bright and has an earthly funk to the hop profile that doesn't impeded it's ease. Continually impressed by Trilliums hop forward stuff and Congress is no exception. This is one of their better creations and should be a constant.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer that's been in a growler for a week

The beer pours a very nice and creamy white that lasts a bit but dissipates quicker than what I would have liked. The head does not dissipate completely and still leaves a film after it has dissipated from the middle. The beer itself is a very clear orange amber.

The beer has a nice citrus and sweet smell to it. The orange rind and citrus hops dominate the smell but is lightly balanced with sweet malts.

The taste is similar to the smell but hoppier and with different types of hops. The hops taste is closer to a grapefruit rind with hints of citrus and a slight sweet malty backbone. Despite all the hops, the beer still seems to have a hint of sweetness to balance out the flowery hops.

The beer is very smooth and medium bodied but feels lighter. The carbonation is biting. The IPA has a surprisingly clean feel to it with some light carbonation.

Overall, an extremely impressive IPA and one to be proud of. I would say that this IPA should rank among the best and will as soon as the brewery grows a little bit more.

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Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy golden-yellow brew, topped with a sizable snow white, fluffy head. Great retention and very nice lacing.

Very fruit-forward hop aroma: light citrus (lemon, orange, ruby red grapefruit pulp) and tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, starfruit), herbal and slightly dank. Just a bit of sweet pale malt grains wafting in the background.

Flavor is what you'd expect from that hop profile: sweet and juicy. Emphasis is on the tropical fruit (again with starfruit and mango), with just a hint of grapefruit juice and peel in the flavor profile, and a dank, sticky sweetness. Pale malt biscuit and sweetness throughout, but the sharp hops cut through it all: sharply on the front, dank and lingering on the back-end.

Very lively brew, smooth and silky, with an oily retention. Bitterness and hop oils linger for a while; relatively short, dry finish to the bulk of the flavor, with only the hop oils remaining. Very drinkable, with a medium overall feel, somewhere between a beer you can gulp and a beer you have to sip.

An excellent brew overall, which beautifully showcases the modern, fruity hop profiles that have come to dominate the boutique brews on the market. Drinks like a DIPA as far as the hop blast, but the balance and ABV are single-IPA territory.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Please, sir, may I have another? comes to mind. Poured from the bottle into a Teku glass. Vibrant tangerine body swept golden and yellow with a finger of pillowy, white head. Grapefruit and peach and pineapple all around: luscious fruity notes. A mouthfeel like feathers being dragged across your tongue. Refreshing, crisp, sensual, delicious.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/02/14 (yesterday). Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light straw color, opaque, with three fingers of pillowy head. Generous, intricate lacing and superb retention.

S: White grapefruit and orange, a light bready malt, a soft almost creamy note.

T: A bit of grassiness (maybe it’s pine), some light maltiness, and finishing with a light, fuzzy bitterness on the palate.

M: Light carbonation and medium-light body. Has that soft, farmhouse-y feel.

O: A nice effort. Very easy drinking, though a bit lighter on the flavors (approaching pale ale territory) rather than your typical big, flavorful IPA.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Solid balance of malt and dry hop. Similar in taste to four point but more hoppy as it should be. Great warm weather beer that has a balanced taste

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Photo of Omnium
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler > Pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy orange cold 2 fingers of really some thick white head with thick lacing.
S - Big juicy hop aroma, lots of white grape, mango, and some nice dankness, a little rye.
T - You get those big juicy fruit flavors front and on the end, but a nice pine dankness in the middle, fresh bread malt, and some spicy rye and peppery on the end.
M - No trace of the 7.2, more on the full side, love the lush feeling of this beer though.
O - Outstanding IPA, lots of fresh flavor in it, with just a touch of rye and spice bite. Great work Trillium!

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Photo of Damian
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 32 fl. oz. growler purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Served in a pint glass

The super hazy, yellow ochre colored beer was topped by a tight, creamy, one-finger crop of off-white foam. Solid retention. Streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was bursting with hops. Incredibly dank, weed-like hop notes dominated. Amazingly fruity and semi-sweet. Tons of peach and nectarine notes. Lots of orange zest as well. There was also a noticeable tropical fruit presence. Hints of mango were detectible.

The flavor profile was really solid as well but, compared to the nose, it was definitely more dry and pithy. A pale malt backbone anchored the beer on the front end before the hops took over. Super intense citrus notes. Loads of bitter orange peel and juicy tangerine notes. Good dose of peach and apricot. Some earthy hops came through as well. The finish was crisp, dry and bitter and contained a strong grapefruit rind-like pithiness. The bitterness lingered on my palate long after each sip.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly light and highly effervescent for the style. Once the liquid settled, it turned creamy, supple and smooth.

Congress Street IPA is another fantastic offering from my favorite Boston brewery. Although this beer was definitely not as complex or as drinkable as their stellar Fort Point Pale Ale, it was super tasty and enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow/straw colored body with a bubbly white head. Loads of tiny bubbles in this beer and it comes through in the mouthfeel. Not sure what yeast is used, but it really brightens this beer up. Loads of carb almost like a bretted saison. Citrus rind bitterness on the tongue and a big fruity and juicy nose. This is really a fantastic and also different IPA. I'd choose this over a lot of the heavy hitters out there because of that. Easy to drink and quite tasty.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 32 oz. growler. Filled on 4/16/2014.

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Settles out a bit as it warms. Super creamy and fluffy white head. Sticky sheets and notches of lacing. Solid head retention for the duration. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Definitely tropical. Mango and peach with a nice layer of juicy grapefruit thrown in for good measure. Sweet and fruity. Malts are on the lighter side, with a mild toasted edge and some bready characteristics. Light, slightly earthy yeast with some mild fruity esters. Some citrus rind and lime. A touch pithy with some lingering bitterness. Well balanced, true to the East coast style. Some pale malt sweetness. A bit of juicy fruit. Big bitterness sits on the back. Some pine layered with all the tropical fruit.

Taste: A nice balance of tropical fruit, mainly peach and mango, with some underlying floral and citrus notes. Solidly but not bracingly bitter. A touch of mildly earthy yeast. Clean profile overall with a solid sweetness from the pale malts. A bit of powdery yeast as well. Some biscuit dough. Mild lingering bitterness. Some grapefruit as well. Pushes deeper citrus leaning toward lime with some good floral elements. Fruity hops push a vague sweetness. Woody green branches.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, almost creamy. Drinks so easy. Moderate carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Crush it, bring it back, and repeat.

Not playing the hop smash game. This is a straight drinking "east coast" IPA with a bit more hop presence. frills, just a beer for drinking.

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Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 bottle dated 3/17/2015 into snifter.

A: Pale sunshine yellow with 3 finger fluffy white head that lasts forever and sits like a marshmallow cap. Significant lacing.

S: Bright ctirus, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, and dank hops.

T: Fairly citrus forward with some underlying earthy and floral hops.

M: Medium body with a dry bitter finish. Very easy drinking and almost crushable.

O: Another nice IPA from Trillium. Just wish I could get these regularly in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yet another hazy, orange juice appearance with a creamy white head. I enjoy the hazy beers but Trillium sure doesn't offer much in the way of variety in how their beers look, that's for sure. But you know what? I love it.

Anyway, the aroma is a subtle balance of pine, orange, pineapple, and what seems to be pepper? I can't quite tell. Anyway, it's beautiful.

The taste is creamy and citrusy, with the piney hop resin coming in full throttle at the end. Definitely a far more subtle tasting IPA than I expected, considering the hype. But this is not a bad thing by any means. I expected something more akin to a typical "hop bomb", but got a beer far more balanced and creamy. Love it.

The carbonation is moderate with the alcohol being well hidden. This beer has a very thick, creamy feel to it that I can always appreciate.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've ever had. An absolutely fantastic offering from Trillium, who continue to blow my mind every time I go to Boston for a visit.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A 3/30/15 dated bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a very, very milky/cloudy pale orange to yellow. Looks like a glass of pale orange juice. Big white, fluffy head leaves a decent amount of lacing and a thin ring and film on top.

Smells very good, but nothing overwhelming. Very citrusy with a bit of a champagne or white wine like sourness. Slightly pungent hop oil. Light malts.

When it comes to the drinking of it part, things get more interesting. It is a blast of zesty orange, grapefruit, and some lemongrass in that order. Then some green grape sweet and sour, and closes with a piney/herbal bite, but not real bitter. Alcohol is a non-factor.

The body is pretty solid, but easy drinking. Definitely a crisp, almost champagne like carbonation middle to end.

I am kind of all over the place with this one. I always try to rate as close to style as possible to be fair, but this one screams Double/ Imperial IPA to me. Getting harder these days. All of the kick ass ipas are drinking like imperials. This one is like a Dirt Wolf on steroids. The flavors are crazy good, but I am not a big fan of the carbonation/sparkly feel. I guess in the end, it is all about what it tastes like. To me, it is a World Class beer. No White Rajah though ;)

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is awesome, well worth visiting the brewery to get it. Unfiltered hoppy goodness, very well balanced with a super piney nose and flavor with a decent lighter body and bitter lasting finish. Great stuff.

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Photo of Gatch
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I shared this bottle with friends and they had tried it in the past and insisted this is a different/off batch. This is my first time having it (drank the DDH version a few weeks ago) and there was just something weird about it.

Super cloudy, beautiful golden-yellow. Typical Trillium gorgeous looks. Very sticky, resiny, bitter, strong hop flavor. Smooth, easy drinking. Tropical fruit is heavy but something is missing or overpowering or maybe the balance is just off with this brew/batch.

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Photo of zac16125
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a pint glass
no bottling dates

Thanks to eb1610 for sending this over as an extra in a recent trade!

A: Slightly hazy, pale golden yellow, 2.5 fingers width of light off white head, great retention and lots of lacing. 4.5

S: Really dank, resinous, a bit minty, floral, some sweet citrus, sweet malts to balance. Excellent. 4.5

T: Lots of citrus, lemon-lime and orange, piney bitterness, some floral characters. Not as dank or resinous as the aroma implied but still very good. 4

M/D: Great mouthfeel, very smooth for the style, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is excellent. 4.5

O: Excellent IPA. I’ve heard good things about Trillium and it did not disappointment. Thanks eb1610! 4.25

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Photo of agreenman19
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - hazy medium orange. Beautiful and piercing. Very consistent color through and through. Just a pleasant beer to look at.

S - very nice. Bright, yet subtle juicy flavors of pine and citrus. Begins smooth and ends smooth. Slight dankness in the end.

T - that smidgen of dank in the nose carries SEAMLESSY into the taste. Wow, huge dank pine blast up front, coasting throughout the entire experience. Clean, lemony zest with a good balance of floral hops. The finish is an upswing with mild hop bitterness that lingers ever so slightly.

F - lush and smooth. Bountiful. Complements the rest of the beer amazingly.

O - the transitions in this beer are out of this world. Among the best I've had. The nose leading into the taste, and then the lazy twists and turns, finishing on a hoppy high note are insanely well-done.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great tropical fruit smell when the cap is first opened, tastes same balanced with a light dankness, amber/yellow, pours 1 in of-white fluffy foam that lingers at 1/2 inch. Recommended.

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Photo of imyourhero21
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another winner from Trillium. Great nose and i just love the unfiltered look it has. Something that you could drink multiple of and never get tired of it. Wish i lived right around the corner !!

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/23/14 and consumed on 12/29/14. So this might be the freshest IPA I've ever had.

A: Gross. I mean this might be the ugliest beer I've ever seen. Kind of a milky orange color that was completely opaque. Reminds me of the way Sixpoint RAD looked. Lacing was pretty though. I scored it a 2 on appearance just as a courtesy to the fine folks at Trillium, who obviously know what they're doing. As my brother said: "it looks like what 'your' sour beers taste like."

N: Bright, fruity, piney hops. A wonderful aroma. Better close your eyes before sniffing this one, or your senses might get confused.

T: Meh. I could tell it was a well-crafted beer, but it's just not my favorite combination of hops. Not sure what kind are in there, but one of them gave me the jibblies. Huge bitterness that stuck around for a while.

M: This is where the beer really shined. A full, coating mouthfeel from a somewhat low ABV IPA, which really impressed me.

O: 4 - I rarely give such disparate ratings to the categories for an IPA. IMHO, IPAs and stouts are either well-made or they're not, and the categories are usually not more than a point away from each other. Those kinds of ratings are usually reserved for sours. This one was unique. The nose and mouth almost fooled me into believing it was a world class beer, which most people obviously think it is.

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Photo of RichD
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 into a tulip.

L: Pours and incredible yellow orange color. This is definitely the best looking IPA that I've ever laid my eyes upon. There's a small white head that fades into a small ring around my glass. Forreal though, this beer looks amazing. So juicy looking.

S: Smells like heaven. Not sure what this is hopped with, but it smells like Galaxy hops. Upon further research I am indeed correct. Absolutely massive notes of peach and citrus invade my nose like a Spanish conquistador. Not sure I smell much else, but what I smell is legendary.

T: The taste, of course, follows the nose to a "T." Huge citrus and peach flavors come through like no other beer that I've had. Dare I say that this may taste one dimensional?! However, the one dimension that I taste is magnificent. I can taste a bit of yeast, but the mango and orange and pineapple is great. There are few American IPAs that I've had that can even contend with how great this is.

F: Medium mouthfeel and the 7.2 percent is non existent. However, I only think I could do 1 750 of this because if I had more in a sitting then I simply would not enjoy it as much as I should.

Overall: This beer is awesome. RECOMMENDATION: Get this in the bottle. I had this a year ago in growler form and while great, it was not this great. There's something about 32oz. screw top growlers that make the carbonation lower than it should be. If you see this in bottles, buy as much as you can. This is my second favorite American IPA of all time and I don't really see anything unseating this.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Popping open a 750mL bottle from 7/30 acquired in a trade thanks to Michael. Rarely, and I mean this honestly, do I give out 5's. This beer, however, is just so beautiful that it is the first IPA I've ever had to receive 5 in the looks department. Super dense cloudiness, gold with hint of orange, and a fluffy white head. Great tropical fruit aroma here, too, really inviting. Great tasting IPA, too, easily jumping up there in terms of the world-class IPAs that I've had. Just spectacular, super juicy with tons of tropical fruit. Finishes a bit heavy and slick, but a pleasure to drink. Worth the wait.

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.